Senior Theatre Specialist – Costume Shop

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Theatre - Kent Campus [100278]

Job Title:

Senior Theatre Specialist – Costume Shop
Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH


$ 39712

Basic Function:

Provide management and supervision of the costume shop for the School of Theatre and Dance and Porthouse Theatre.  Reports to Director, School of Theatre and Dance.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Oversee / teach costume practicums and provide advice and assistance to independent studies students.

Develop and maintain costume shop budget.

Maintain costume shop production calendar.

Oversee and coordinate inventory; order supplies, equipment; manage and maintain consumable resources and supplies, including major purchases, coordinate donation intakes and negotiate rental packages of costume stock.

Maintain and repair equipment.

Oversee and maintain costume work/classroom spaces, storage spaces and dressing rooms including equipment.

Collaborate and consult with faculty regarding future equipment repairs and purchases, allocation of equipment and labor resources and production budgets.

Provide direct supervision of unclassified employees and student employees; also orient and supervise students and staff employed by Porthouse Theatre.

Assist with supervision of production technical rehearsals as needed.

Engage in costume construction, pattern making, cutting/draping, costume fittings, coordinate and assign wardrobe supervisors/dressers.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:

  • Supervises the Costume Shop graduate assistants, practicum students, and lab students, in the construction of costumes
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Costume Shop
  • Maintains equipment and orders supplies for the Costume Shop and productions
  • Attends production meetings, necessary rehearsals, technical rehearsals, additional work calls, and strikes
  • Oversees the costume design implementation and construction process
  • Actively and positively contributes to the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Collaborate effectively with a diverse student body and faculty
  • Works closely with Costume, Design/Tech team, Production manager and Stage management teams for scheduling. 
  • Supervises and manages assigned budgets for costume materials and labor for the costume shop and productions
  • Train wardrobe crews for production runs
  • Generate costume specific production calendars
  • Oversee costume stock management
  • Oversee costume rentals along with the assistant shop manager
  • Hire and maintain payroll & budget for student employees

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Costume Design or Technology or related field. Two years’ professional experience in costume shop management and costume construction.




Knowledge Of:

Theatre and dance production and processes *
Entertainment industry, manufacturers and resources
Specialty techniques such as dyeing, distressing and fabric alteration *

Skill In:

Sewing, pattern making, wardrobe and other costume technology skills *
Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication

Ability To:

Manage people *

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience in academic costume shop preferred
  • Professional experience at regional theatres, LORT theatres, and/or commercial costume shops
  • Demonstrated experience as a costume shop supervisor
  • Demonstrated knowledge of costume history, period styles, garment construction, fabrics, textile techniques, cleaning processes and wardrobe
  • Competent in Microsoft Office and Google Drive programs


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which may require assessments. Assessments could take the form of interview questions, a request to provide work samples or a written or practical test to assess job related competencies.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Work in office classroom and theatrical shop environment. Occasional exposure to fumes, loud noise, dust, dirt, potentially dangerous equipment.

Special Instructions Summary:

 Priority review of applications begin December 12, 2021 at (position 998220)  Position closes March 21, 2022.  Attach cover letter and resume.

Additional Information:


The School of Theatre and Dance is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence in performance, production, and creative and academic scholarship. The faculty place high value on mentoring individual students for success in the classroom, on stage and in the profession. Our stages serve as laboratories for learning, collaborative practice, and a commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.  The Dance division serves 30 majors, 80 minors and over 1000 students enrolled in dance classes each  year. A Design and Technology faculty of six and a professional technical staff of eight include a Costume Shop Supervisor and Assistant, and a Cutter/Draper. Accredited by NASD, NAST, and a member of URTA, the school offers five undergraduate degree programs (BA, BFA) and five MFA graduate programs to approximately 300 majors. Year-round production opportunities provide students with quality educational experiences in state-of-the-art facilities including three performance venues in the 70,000 square foot Roe Green Center of Performing Arts, and a fourth in the URTA tier II Porthouse Theatre.

Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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